Zip-Zip’s 1st Vacation by Gregory Roumanis

Zip-Zip’s 1st Vacation by Gregory Roumanis is a narrated story book for the Blackberry. Since most request we get here are to review iOS apps, I like receiving request for other platform (not that I dislike iOS apps).

I found it awkward that you had to click on an icon per page to have it narrated (usually the words are read as you flip the page). I also prefer if the words are highlighted as they are read (or at least the option to be able to do so). I have gone through the story a couple of times, and I am not sure why the bully gave up being a bully. Did he suddenly had a change of heart? The book is a great introduction to the topic of bullying for your young children. The book also has facts related to the insects in the story (a nice extra) with a link to the animal’s Wikipedia page.

Overall, a good story book for the Blackberry. Nice illustrations and sound effects. No in-app ads or in-app store. I look forward to other installments. I tested it (prompted by the publisher) on my Blackberry tablet. Available in the Blackberry Appworld for .99.

Save The Last Drop by Gregory Roumanis

Save The Last Drop bills itself as an educational and entertaining game. The key word is “and”.

The educational part of the app is only remotely connected to the game part. The educational part of the app consists of facts being presented over a static background. Since the facts are not read, for younger plays these facts will need to be read by an adult or older child.

The game part of the app consists of water droplets that drop from the the top of screen. You need to tap them before they reach the bottom. There is little variation on the game, but it is mindless fun, and it can be played by almost anybody.

Sadly I wish that the educational part of the app played a role in the game part of the app.

The education app is free, the water conservation facts are interesting, and the game is one of those mindless addictive/repetitive games. Give it a try, and then delete it if you need the space for something else.

I tested it on my Blackberry Playbook. Available in the BlackBerry App World. I couldn’t find a Android or IOS version.

TVOKids Get Growing by TVO

One of the new additions to the many tablets at this house has been the Blackberry Playbook. This review is the first review on the new device. The app is a simple app revolving around growing vegetable plants. Kids can select the seeds to use (three options only available), make the hole, plant the seeds, provide sun (by clicking on the sun) and then water them. For the watering aspect you are able to either water them by using a can, or by clicking the clouds to make it rain. There are also instructions for adding this activity to a larger lesson and what to do with your child while you play the game.

The illustrations are typical but acceptable, and the music and sound effects although acceptable would become annoying over time. The gameplay although not varied is enough to capture the attention of younger kids. I wish there were more seed options (three seems like two little), and that you would be able to pick the vegetables that you grow (can’t imagine why that step was not included).

TVO is known for their interactive online games in Canada. Although I wish the game had more options, it is free and should be a great addition to a science lesson plan for younger kids.

Available for the Blackberry Playbook, I couldn’t find any other version for any other device.